On Sunday, June 12, Bicentennial Park in Milford was host to local music, beer and food as the Brewgrass Festival officially became an annual event. Sponsored by Mispillion River Brewing as a fund raiser for Downtown Milford, Inc., the Brewgrass Festival highlighted Milford’s largest natural resource, the Mispillion River, and the bicycle and pedestrian paths that surround the river known as the Mispillion Greenway Riverwalk.
“The event drew a lot of first-timers to Milford and the community truly enjoyed the atmosphere, entertainment, and camaraderie,” said Sara Pletcher, event organizer. “I cannot wait to see aerial pictures of the parks full of people enjoying our great town.
Bluegrass music highlighted at the event included High & Wides/Ken & Brad Kolodner with Rachel Eddy , Jersey Corn Pickers of Philadelphia, David Reed of Great Barrington, MA, Chapel Street Junction of Newark, DE and Hooverville from Milford. Breweries participating in the event included 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Argilla Brewing Company at Pietro’s Pizza, Backshore Brewing Company, Big Oyster Brewery, Blue Earl Brewing Company, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Mispillion River Brewing and Rebel Seed Cider. Breakthru Beverage Group was also on site pouring some of their featured spirits, so non-beer drinkers can select from cider or spirits.
Pletcher believes that events such as Brewgrass are a great way for visitors to see what Milford has to offer. “Events like Brewgrass, Eat in the Street, the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl and the Holiday Stroll are events Milfordians want to share with their fellow community members and outsiders alike. These events create a sense of place and DMI is happy to bring them to fruition,” said Pletcher. “I hope newbies to town left the Festival with an urgency to visit again to explore our shops, Farmers Market, and restaurants, and I hope Milfordians left with a sense of pride that their town too can be cool.”
Event goers also enjoyed a Brushes and Booze paint event with Mispillion Art League, a variety of arts and crafts vendors, and several games including corn hole and bocce. Located on the Mispillion River, the event also introduces people to what Pletcher sees as the possibilities and potential of the downtown ares.
“My vision for Downtown Milford includes riverfront apartments, restaurants, and events, ultimately strengthening our community,” said Pletcher. “Since Brewgrass is already established along the river, my vision is one step closer to becoming a reality. Plus, how cool would it be to one day watch a live bluegrass band from your apartment balcony.”
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